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Anyone aggre with the concept that a low gear ratio reel is the only one you should use when crankbait fishing?When i say low i mean like 5:1:0-5:4:1 with the burners they have at now a 6:3:1 could be considered to be slow lol.Just want to get others point of veiw on it.

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I use mu burners for Lipped Cranks, just  slow down the cranking.

Kelley

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Anyone aggre with the concept that a low gear ratio reel is the only one you should use when crankbait fishing?When i say low i mean like 5:1:0-5:4:1 with the burners they have at now a 6:3:1 could be considered to be slow lol.Just want to get others point of veiw on it.

I disagree. There's no one-size-fits-all anything in fishing. I know those who prefer the low ratios with cranks and others who'd rather use their 7:1 and slow down. Everyone does what they believe works for them.

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5.1 and lower for cranks with lips .

6 and above for lipless cranks. JMHO

I agree with the 6 and above for lipless cranks, but I prefer a faster reel for shallow cranks and wakebaits as well.

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inches per turn, not ratio.  I never found any difficulty in speeding up or slowing down my retrieve, I don't pay much attention to ratio.

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If you're doing a whole day of deep cranking, a "winch" type reel might cause a little less fatigue. It's not a requirement to catch fish though. I guess if I was fishing a tournament and had 6 rigs ready to go, one would have a low ratio(IPT) for deep cranks.

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7.*:1 for lipless

6.2/3/4:1 for shallow/medium lipped

5.1:1 or lower for deep

are preferred but nothing should be graven in stone

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I use Calcutta 50As with a 5.0:1 for slow rolling spinner baits & Wacky rigs :)

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I use a Sol for shallow-mid/jerkbaits and a Curado e5 for deep divers.  I've use higher speed reels for cranks but didn't like them.

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You know RW you irritate me...something keep telling me I need a couple more Calcutta's & you keep bringing up how good the CTEs are :)

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I have two. Send me your address and I'll send

you one of mine to play with. I think you might

be surprised.

BTW, Although they look almost new, one was

bought in 2001, the other in '02 or '03. The first

has been used extensively on the Tennessee

for big stripes and 100 ton boulders! You can't

tell the reels apart and both are better than

new! They have been serviced a time or two by

Reel Mechanic, but nothing has ever been

replaced. These reels are indestructible.

8-)

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Dude one major hold back...I keep eyeballing the Core 100MG :)

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Well, different deal all together...If you buy

a Core, get the 50MG7. I like it much better

than the 100.

8-)

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I'm not sold on why I need a 7.1:1 gear ratio but I do like the lighter weight for a Texas Rig :)

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Back when I first learned to use a bait caster (early 80's) a 5 to 1 reel was considered hi-speed.  There were lots of reels available with lower gear ratios.  Through the years, I've just stuck with that gear ratio and now it is a low speed gear ratio.  Go figure.

Got to agree with Roadwarrior about the Calcutta 200 TEGT.  A few years ago, I had more money than sense so I bought several. With a decent pitching stick and a 5/16 or better weight, your pitching range becomes unlimited.  Normally I keep the pitching range to less than 40 feet, but 60 or 70 feet is very doable with this reel.

I've got a couple of the 11 ball bearing Calais and the TEGT is a much better reel.  IMO

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I'm not sold on why I need a 7.1:1 gear ratio but I do like the lighter weight for a Texas Rig :)

It's a 7:1, but only 28" IPT.

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didnt we just discuss this topic?

hmmm...

well anyway.... you dont really get a lower ratio reel in the effort to fish your bait slower.... you can just wind slower.

you get a lower ratio reel in order to reduce fatigue on high resistance lures.... like deep cranks and ledgebustin spinnerbaits.

its just like having a "towing" gear in your truck.

moving a larger load at the same exertion force.

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